Commonwealth's Attorney Anton Bell
Anton A. Bell is a career prosecutor who has devoted his legal career to public safety throughout the Hampton Roads area. As a native and lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, Attorney Bell was reared by a single mother in the urban setting of Norfolk. Overcoming many challenges, Bell went on to graduate from Norfolk Catholic High School (now Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School). Following high school, Attorney Bell attended Norfolk State University and North Carolina Central University School of Law (both Historically Black Colleges/Universities), where he graduated with Honors.
Once admitted to the Virginia State Bar, Attorney Bell soon began his public service as a prosecutor, starting in the City of Portsmouth. This service would later extend to the City of Hampton, where attorney Bell has served in various positions in the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for more than a decade. Attorney Bell began his service at the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office specializing in the prosecution of child molestation cases.
Attorney Bell soon broadened his sphere of prosecutions to all violent crimes against persons, in particular, murders. During this time, Bell was cross-designated as a special assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. As a Special Assistant, Bell was assigned to the Peninsula Drug Task Force, where he tenaciously combated drug trafficking in both federal and state courts.
For the last four years, Bell has managed teams of prosecutors in both General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court as deputy commonwealth's attorney. This role required Bell to balance the demands of both litigation and overall management of the office, a complexity that offers both wonderful opportunities as well as many challenges on a daily basis. Moreover, this leadership role afforded Bell the opportunity to mentor younger attorneys as well as aspiring attorneys in the community.
In addition to mentoring younger attorneys, Bell has served as a mentor to youths throughout Hampton Roads, speaking to at-risk youth in Hampton Public Schools, churches and civic organizations. Through such programs as Keep the Peace, Bell has influenced youth citywide to end gun violence and eliminate bullying in our schools. Above all, Bell has stressed to our youth the need to make positive choices in their lives, encouraging them to dream big and remain focused on their goals.
Anton Bell is married to the former Dr. Dawn Yvette Bishop. They have one son, Anton Jr. Bell, who is an ordained and licensed minister at Calvary Revival Church, where he and his wife are active in youth ministries.